Phineas Nevers

Male 1726 - 1785  (59 years)
Person ID: I3388   |  Last Modified: 27 Jul 2021
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  • Name Phineas Nevers 
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      Phinehas Nevers was born in Leiscester, Massachusetts, 19 Jun 1726. He removed from there to Maugerville about 1764/65, where he was granted Lots numbered 11 and 13 on Oromocto Island in the Saint John River, 31 Nov 1765 (N.B. Dept. of Natural Resources, Crown Land Grant Index, 1988, p. 644). His wife was Mercy, daughter of William and Sarah (Sprague) Green. She was born 18 Aug 1731, probably at Malden, Mass., although her parents removed from Malden to Leiscester, Mass., about that time and she may have been born there.

      Phinehas was a medical doctor, probably the only resident physician in the Maugerville settlement in the early years, a politician and a military man. He was returned a member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Sunbury County in 1768 (New Brunswick being a part of Nova Scotia until 1784), and he was one of the first magistrates in Sunbury County.

      In Maugerville, he was a member of a committee chosen 15 Jun 1774 by the newly established Congregational Church to approach Rev. Seth Noble, a Westfield, Mass., clergyman, with an offer to become their pastor. Seth Noble was a political activist, as many of the Congregationalist ministers in New England were at that time, and in Maugerville he continued to administer to both the spiritual and political needs of his congregation. When the Revolutionary War broke out in 1776 Parson Noble wrote to the Massachusetts Assembly and offered the services of the Maugerville citizens for the cause of American liberty.

      Phinehas Nevers was closely associated with Rev. Noble, and was a member of one of his committees in Maugerville which, on the 14th of May, 1776, adopted among others a resolution that read: “Resolved that it is our minds desire to submit ourselves to the government of Massachusetts Bay and that we are ready with our lives and fortunes to share with them the event of the present struggle for liberty, however God in his providence may order it.”

      But bitter humiliation was in store for the committee members. The Nova Scotia government, in May 1777, sent a force to the Saint John River under Col. Gould and the inhabitants were compelled to take an oath of allegiance to His Majesty King George III, or leave the country. Col. Gould, on leaving the river, took with him to Halifax Israel Perley, who had been clerk of the committee, but Jonathan Eddy, a native of Norton, Mass., in company with Rev. Seth Noble and Dr. Phinehas Nevers, escaped and reached Machias, Maine, through an inland route.”

      In Machias, Col. John Allen was organizing an expedition for the purpose of taking and holding possession of the Saint John River on behalf of the Continental Congress. Jonathan Eddy and Phinehas Nevers joined him. The expedition left Machias on the 30th of May, 1777, and reached the Saint John River June 2nd. Col. Allen went up the river six miles above Fredericton, where he made his abode. He hoped he could maintain himself on the river, but when word of his presence reached Halifax it brought the British forces down upon him. He and his expedition were forced to retreat to Machias, going by way of Eel River, twelve miles below Woodstock, to the St. Croix lakes.

      At the time the British fleet attached Machias, in August, 1777, Phinehas Nevers was present and acting as Lieut. Colonel in Col. Jonathan Eddy’s Regiment. Soon after that he was in Boston where he wrote a letter, dated 18 September 1777, thanking the Council and House of Representatives of the State of Massachusetts Bay “for the Honor you did me in appointing me Lieut. Colonel of the Battalion intended to be raised under the command of Col. Eddy, and more especially for your late appointment as Lieut. Colonel over the troops ordered to be raised for the defence of Machias.”

      But for some reason, the troops apparently were not raised, and Col. John Allen in a letter to the General Court, dated 12 Oct 1777, said Lieut. Col. Nevers had not yet arrived, and he doubted he would raise his men before the time was out. . A month later, 18 Nov, Col. Allen was still waiting.

      Later Dr. Nevers and some of his family were living in what is now the City of Bangor, Maine, where he received a grant of land as a refugee from Nova Scotia during the Revolutionary War, and where he pursued his medical profession. His son John Nevers was administrator of his estate in Bangor, where he died in October 1785. An inventory of the estate includes one thousand acres of wild land granted by government on the east side of the Penobscot River; a dwelling house, unfinished; a barn frame partly covered; some medicines, and a few other items. . The inventory does not reflect the estate of a wealthy man.

      His son, Samuel Nevers, remained in Maugerville, and his widow, Mercy Nevers, returned after his death to live near Samuel there. His son John Nevers also returned from Bangor and lived in the Parish of Douglas, York County, N.B., and some descendants of his son Elisha Nevers lived at Prince William, York Co., N.B.
    Relationshipwith Dalton Paul Hallett
    Born 19 Jun 1726  Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Oct 1785  Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings
    1. Phineas Nevers (ID:I3388) (current person)
              b. 19 Jun 1726, Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Oct 1785, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    2. Nathan Nevers (ID:I3389)
              b. 17 Dec 1728
    3. Martha Nevers (ID:I3390)
              b. 28 May 1731
  • Parents

    Family ID: F404 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father  Elisha Nevers (ID:I3384)
              b. Abt 1702, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Ancestors Bathsheba Green (ID:I3385) 
  • Family

    Family ID: F408 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  |  Last Modified:   
    Wife Ancestors Mercy Green (ID:I3395)
              b. 18 Aug 1731, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Y  [1
    Children 
    1. Jonathan Nevers (ID:I3398)
              b. 7 Aug 1755
    2. Martha Nevers (ID:I3399)
              b. 5 Jul 1756
              d. 6 Nov 1757  (Age 1 years)
    3. Sarah Nevers (ID:I3400)
              b. 3 May 1758
    4. Bathsheba Nevers (ID:I3401)
              b. 23 May 1759
    5. Samuel Nevers (ID:I3402)
              b. Abt 1761, New England, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1827, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
    6. Elisha Nevers (ID:I3403)
              b. Abt 1763
    7. John Nevers (ID:I3404)
              b. Abt 1763
              d. 10 Jan 1833  (Age ~ 70 years)
    8. Hannah Nevers (ID:I3405)
              b. Abt 1768
              d. 1 Nov 1844  (Age ~ 76 years)
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